Wed, Aug 22, 2012 

 

Bay Crest sees increase in home break-ins

Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a rash of break-ins at the Bay Crest housing development in Birch Bay.

Restared development could affect heron rookery

Construction activities in a recently purchased development in Birch Bay could affect a nearby heron rookery, even if the developer follows the conditions set by the county.

Custer man starts sentence for cyber stalking, theft

A Custer man is serving 60 days in Whatcom County Jail after pleading guilty to stealing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and sending her numerous threatening text messages.

Custer church plans ‘walk through time

Learn more about life in Whatcom County 100 years ago with a special event presented by Custer’s Zion Lutheran Church.

Getting Dirty

Volunteers from Early Learning, HeadStart and the Opportunity Council created a carnival of parent and child play for the crowd of 60 children and adults.

Icelander group coming to Blaine

A group of 35 Icelanders will be arriving in Seattle on Monday, August 27, and will visit Blaine two days later.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 

 

State bureau ups Blaine’s fire safety rating

Blaine residents and business owners could see a decrease in their fire insurance premiums after North Whatcom Fire and Rescue officials (NWFR) reported improvements in the city’s fire rating.

After long wait, crabbers hit the water in Blaine, Birch Bay

At long last, the waters off Blaine and Birch Bay will be open to recreational crabbing starting Thursday.

Blaine, Birch Bay voters mostly follow county, state

Voters in Blaine and Birch Bay mostly agreed with voters across Whatcom County and the state in the August 7 primary’s major races – except the Washington governor’s contest.

BBWARM plans community meeting for Cottonwood Beach neighborhood

Whatcom County staff have planned a community meeting for August 21 to inform residents of the Cottonwood Beach neighborhood about stormwater issues and projects focused on the area.

One Blaine, five Birch Bay residents apprehended in countywide arrest operation

One Blaine and five Birch Bay residents were arrested last week on various charges that included possession of drugs and stolen property.

BBWSD seeks to fix loophole in leak credit policy

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) commissioners have approved policy changes that should prevent people from making false claims when seeking credit for leaks.

Salishan walking tour: Blaine then and now

As August’s summer sun beats down on Blaine, The Northern Light followed Kathleen Capson, one of Blaine’s most knowledgeable historians, on a present-day look into Blaine’s history.

Birch Bay golf camp welcomes area youth

The Birch Bay Village Golf Course will once again host Blaine and Birch Bay youth between the ages of 8 and 16 who want to learn the basics of golf this summer.

Planning commission gives OK to changes to Blaine’s lot coverage rules

Blaine’s lot coverage regulations are different from most other cities in Whatcom County, and Blaine planning commissioners are on board with changing that.

Blaine student earns $12,000 scholarship

Katharine Sell of Birch Bay, daughter of Kerry and Shirley Sell, was recently awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. The $12,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the top academic incoming transfer students.

Storming the lanes

Alejandro Moser-Hernandez, 6, holds a plaque and certificate he earned in the Washington State Pepsi Championship Bowling Tournament.

Grace Lutheran ready for period of transition

With the retirement of veteran pastor Dennis Wildermuth, Blaine’s Grace Lutheran Church has an opening in the top spot for the first time in 35 years. The transition is a chance for the church to redefine the congregation’s direction and role within its community.

Celebrating Samoan culture at the park

Members of the Kalevaria Samoan United Methodist Church Youth Group perform during the Peace Arch International Concert series at Peace Arch State Park on Sunday, August 12.

Young at Heart

The Blaine Senior/Activity Center folks are enjoying a warm August, after a cooler than usual summer. What a privilege to live in such a scenic setting as ours in such a supportive community.

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 

 

DelBene, Koster move on to battle for U.S. Congress

Democrat Suzan DelBene and Republican John Koster will go head-to-head in November for the vacant 1st Congressional District U.S. Representative spot after emerging as the top two in a field of seven candidates.

State parks need state support, says report

The Washington State parks system cannot and should not be expected to raise enough money to support itself independent of state general fund revenue, despite the state legislature’s desire to shift state parks in that direction.

Study for Birch Bay shoreline project released

After studying the possible impacts of the proposed Birch Bay shoreline enhancements, five Western Washington University (WWU) students have concluded the most serious effects will come during construction.

Local driving range closes due to golf ball theft

Roughly 380 pounds of missing golf balls later, Britain and Gail Walker are fed up.

Short season for sockeye fishing in Blaine

Mike Dodd, president of Blaine Marina, expects to buy between $15,000 to $20,000 worth of sockeye salmon from the few commercial fishing boats working this year’s two-week long summer fishing season, which began on August 1. Those numbers are quite a drop from what Dodd bought in the peak years in the 1970s.

H Street revitalization and sidewalk projects begin

Construction crews have started work on the H Street revitalization project.

Art at Birch Bay Square to be held August 18

Art at Birch Bay Square is back once again to connect Whatcom County artists with the general community. The artists will be displaying their work in the square’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 18.


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